The NIST Strategic Plan
Schools of the past existed in a different world, predictable and constant. We now look forward to an uncertain future. Schools are no longer about buildings, books or grades. They’re about people. Education should inspire us to become better, to learn from our mistakes and empower those around us. We see learning as a catalyst, a force that will inexorably bring about positive change, and help all cultures and nations find solutions to our common problems through innovation and passion.
Our strategic plan reflects this aspiration while being grounded in research and best practices.
[NIST’s] plan and adopted actions are bold, well-researched, and founded on 21st century learning principles, as well as the impact of neuroscience and a commitment to inclusion.
How Is International Education Changing?
In crafting our vision for the future, we considered the many trends that affect not only international schools in Thailand, but also schools and societies around the world. Changes in three areas significantly impacted the key elements within our strategic plan.
Advances in brain research have enabled us to better understand how we learn, allowing us to better address the academic, emotional and social needs of every child.
21st Century Learning
Changes driven by globalization & technology have in turn impacted education, shifting the needs of what we learn from solely content to skills and attitudes needed for the future workplace. This changing technology, including AI, will impact the workplace and career paths, and necessitates a change in how we teach in schools.
Schools have begun to recognize the importance of who we learn with, which in turn shapes our views and perceptions, and cultivates mutual understanding and respect.
Our Strategic Framework
Based on these factors, schools must begin reassessing the scope, scale and delivery of learning opportunities, as traditional educational approaches fail to account for a world that has experienced radical changes in the past 20 years. The key elements within the strategic framework encompass five pillars with focuses that will guide our decisions and four foundational elements that must be in place to support that work. Collectively, these will enable us to foster students who will flourish in varied contexts as they move on from NIST
As the result of a multi-year, collaborative process, this strategic plan was crafted with input from students, teachers and parents and is captured in a framework that encapsulates our ongoing key priorities. While the actual work in achieving our goals involves far more layers of complexity, the framework provides a snapshot view of how we intended to continue growing and improving as a learning community.
Our student profile represents the type of learner we aim to foster as a result of their experiences at NIST.
These pillars encompass the five key areas that will be our focuses over the next three years.
Growth requires a strong foundation, and these four aspects of the school underpin our initiatives and projects.